19/10/2015 5:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Toddlers' Rape: Delhi Police Commissioner Wants Creches For Working Women

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The grandmother of a four-year-old girl who was raped prepares food at her house in a slum in New Delhi on October 13, 2015. Indian police said they have arrested the main suspect in a horrific attack on a four-year-old girl who was raped and slashed with a blade before being abandoned by a railway track. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi has written to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, suggesting that incidents like the rape of two toddlers in different city neighbourhoods could be prevented if there are enough creches available for working women who are cannot afford day care. This is after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had taken a dig at the Prime Minister, and repeated his earlier demand for transfer of control over the city police from the Centre to the state government.

"The incident that took place in Anand Vihar can be properly investigated only by the government, social workers, and civil society," Bassi said in his letter in Hindi to Sisodia on Monday, adding that the mother of the five-year-old girl who was raped was forced to leave her daughter home alone, as she did not have the means to put her in day care while she was away at work. He said that there were several such parents who left their children at home daily, so they could earn enough money to feed their families.

Taking a dig at the Delhi government, Bassi said that instead of "just wiping tears of the grieving", the administration should also open creches for children of such impoverished families, which would help the parents work in peace instead of leaving their children alone at home.

"There are thousands of such women in the unorganised sector, who are forced to even bring their children to where they work and they are left to fend for themselves while their mothers work," said Bassi. "These creches would benefit them a lot."

Bassi has also suggested that it should be made compulsory for all boys to undergo courses in ethics in schools and colleges, and a strict system to identify boys who are mentally disturbed and given counselling and treatment. He has also suggested that those who drop out of school should be tracked, and be made to undergo psychiatric counselling and rehabilitated in society.

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